Alyscamps, the Provencal city of Arles, a Roman necropolis which became the backdrop to a mesmerising display put on by Gucci creative director. 400 guests descended upon the cemetery to 114 looks for both men and women, this season inspired by Alessandro Michele fascination with the idea of death. Guests walked through clouds of smokes and candles, as the soundtrack of Claudio Monteverdi’s “Vespers for the Blessed Virgin”, as the Michele took full advantage of the eerie night and history of Alyscamps.
The inspiration is an ossuary, the crypts of the Cardinals, of the monks in the 15th century, and the precious decorations. This idea is that everything that is linked to the afterlife is accompanied by something of maximum beauty,” Michele wrote on Instagram. The fire-lit ground was soon submerged with prints, lace neon tights, headscarves and goth chic ambiences and, as models walked down the runway with wearing crosses and holding bouquets of flowers. Heavy ornate velvet cape, plaid suits and plenty of floral motifs, geometric shapes and the Gucci print on bold trousers. Intricate detailing, fringing, sequins and bows ornamented the collection as heavy jewellery, extravagant headpieces, gloves and sunglasses accessorised the show. There were plenty of shoes on display to match all 114 looks and more, with chunky platform sneakers, snake print boots, jewelled sandals and his new tote bag with pockets constructed to store slippers. The show ended with a Gucci bride holding a large bouquet of flowers and white lace tights.
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